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How to Look Up Arrest Records in Arkansas

The State Police collects and maintains arrest records for the state. The general public can request Arkansas arrest records with someone’s name and date of birth. A person can also get a copy of their own arrest records. Anyone requesting will have to pay a $25 fee for each document requested. There are specific forms to be used when ordering, and the user can have a copy sent directly to the recipient.

Are Arrest Records Public Records in Arkansas?

The Freedom of Information Act FOIA from 1967 guarantees the public’s right to access criminal information including arrest records. When obtaining records directly from the state, the requestor will need the person’s written authorization.

Victims & Offenders by Gender and Race

Offenders by Gender

Victims by Gender

Offenders by Race

White 45%
Black or African American 43%
Unknown 12%
Native Hawaiian 0%
Offenders w/ reported race 3,562

Victims by Race

White 56%
Black or African American 41%
Unknown 2%
Native Hawaiian 0%
Victims w/ reported race 3,765

What Information You Can Find in a state Criminal Report?

What Information You Can Find in Arkansas Arrest Report?

An arrest record will be complete with name, date of birth, age, race, gender, height, weight, physical description, address, phone number and next of kin. It will also show the booking details, the name of the arresting officer, the location where the arrest took place, the date of the arrest, and vehicle details if one was involved. Background checks often include Arkansas mugshots, fingerprints, the arresting agencies details and other information about the crime.

Violent Crime Rates for the last 10 years

The crime rate has decreased over the past decade in Arkansas, going from 12,373 crimes in 2006 to 12,095 by 16% lower than it was back in 2006. The largest percentage of violent crimes falls into the Aggravated Assault category, with Revised Rape being the least popular crime in the state.

Arkansas Violent Crime Rate Change

Arrest Laws

Arkansas Arrest Laws

Any law enforcement officers have the right to arrest someone in AR. Sheriff’s office patrolman, highway patrolmen, and district attorney investigators can also arrest someone in conjunction with a crime. Any licensed law enforcement agent is allowed to arrest someone in AR. Along with that, all residents also have the right to perform a citizen’s arrest if they witness a crime or if they suspect someone of committing a felony. If someone does perform a citizen’s arrest, they have the right to confiscate the person’s weapons, but must turn the person and all weapons over to the police.

Who has a Power of Arrest in Arkansas?

Arrest records in AR will stay on a person’s record for a period of three years. However, if the crimes were felonies, then those criminal records will remain on their record long after the arrest records have been removed. Convictions will stay on an arrest record unless they apply to get them expunged. This rule does not apply to sealed or expunged records.

How Long Will an Arrest Report Stay on your Arkansas State Records?

If convicted, arrest records will stay with someone for life unless they petition to a judge to have them “set aside.” Most often criminals with felony convictions apply for a “set aside” as it does not affect misdemeanors as much.

Can you Expunge your Records?

Only “eligible” records can be be sealed (AR version of expunging). If someone committed a misdemeanor, or a Class C or Class D felony, they have to wait five years before requesting a sealing. If they were a first time offender, they could also request their records be sealed.

The Arrest Rate in Arkansas

Arrest Rate in Arkansas

For last year, 232,289 total crimes were committed in AR. Of those 16,461 were violent crimes and 97,673 were property related. AR’s crime rate per 1000 residents is 38.19. Of the total crimes, 126,960 were committed by men and the remainder by women. Most of the crimes were committed by people 25-39 years old. The total of property stolen or destroyed by crime was $144,216,65. Of that total, only 27.3% (39,368,953) was recovered.

State Offender and Victim Age Group Statistics

Most of the violent crime offenders in Arkansas were 20-29 and the largest percentage of violent crime victims were 20-29.

Offender Age

0-9 0.2%
10-19 14.0%
20-29 26.1%
30-39 20.3%
40-49 11.0%
50-59 6.5%
60-69 2.0%
70-79 0.4%
80-89 0.1%
90-99 0.0%
Unknown 19.4%
Offenders w/ reported age 15,453

Victim Age

0-9 6.7%
10-19 18.8%
20-29 27.4%
30-39 20.5%
40-49 12.7%
50-59 7.9%
60-69 4.1%
70-79 1.3%
80-89 0.4%
90-99 0.1%
Victims w/ reported age 15,855

Crime Victim Demographics

Residence Home is the place where the majority of crimes in Arkansas were committed, in most of the crime cases the offender was a relationship unknown.

Location Type

Residence Home 8,769
Highway/Alley/Street/Sidewalk 2,322
Unknown 1,944
Parking Garage/Lot 943
Convenience Store 303
Department/Discount Store 290
Restaurant 277
Hotel/Motel 255
Gas Station 243
Jail/Prison/Corrections Facility 173

Victim’s Relationship to the Offender

Relationship Unknown 9,474
Acquaintance 2,165
Otherwise Known 2,106
Boyfriend/Girlfriend 1,658
Stranger 2,517
Spouse 660
Child 489
Other Family Member 394
Friend 351
Sibling 331

Arkansas Arrest Records by Type of Crime

The popular arrests for 2017 in Arkansas was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 56,173, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Arson arrests - with only 45 crimes a year.

Arrest Type Under 18 All ages Total arrests
Violent Crime 459 4,715 5,174
Property Crime 1,562 12,355 13,917
Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter 15 138 153
Rape 46 238 284
Robbery 101 563 664

Arkansas Department of Public Safety

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Arkansas
Crime rate - 4,706
The crime rate in the last 5 years - up by 16%

5 Safest Counties in the Area

A list of 5 counties in Arkansas that have the highest arrest rate in 2017

County Crime Rate
Sebastian County 222.23
Columbia County 263.59
Benton County 324.05
Craighead County 327.87
Washington County 342.47
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